Recent Books

 Last week I wrote about The Road, Cormac McCarthy's litmus test of hopefulness.

It occurred to me later that I post about books on Instagram quite a bit, and there I share sentences on Sunday (and on Twitter: #SundaySentence is a fun hashtag to browse). And I share other book thoughts some other days, too. 

Just to mix it up from photos like these. 

For example. Recently, I've posted about Beloved, by Toni Morrison. Twice

Also about The Woo Woo, Lindsay Wong's memoir about ice hockey, demons, and more. 

I'm still thinking about the stories in Jack Wang's collection, We Two Alone. And Ross Gay's appropriately named The Book of Delights

And Alexander Chee's How to Write an Autobiographical Novel. So good. I keep photos of some of his words on my camera roll, for the times when I wonder if it's all worth it.

One of the best parts of reading more widely in the past year is learning how much I enjoy it--and one of the most difficult parts is seeing how much I have missed when I didn't.  

Yes, re-reading has its place, but choosing books from outside the previous lines I'd drawn around my interests has pleasures of its own. I look forward to another year. And another after that.